What do Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Peter Brady have in common? Visitors to found out March 27, when Kings'bowling alley transformed into a Vegas Casino to benefit , a nonprofit organization based in Canton that works to better the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. The evening featured blackjack, craps, roulette, bowling, costumed staff and more in an event that was as spectacular as it was philanthropic.
Highlighting the event was special guest emcee Christopher Knight, who played the beloved Peter Brady on the iconic “Brady Bunch” and has received more recent fame on the reality series “My Fair Brady.” Mr. Knight chatted with the crowd, and expertly ran the silent and live auctions for the evening.
Guests also enjoyed live performances and photo opportunities with professional Marilyn Monroe and Elvis impersonators and were dealt blackjack with the Andelman brothers from The Phantom Gourmet TV and radio shows.
“We’re so honored to be the beneficiary of such an exciting night,” said Dan Cummings, founder of Journey Forward. “Ten years ago, when a spinal-cord injury left me a quadriplegic, my only goal was to one day walk again. To not only do that, but to be able to help others regain the use of their limbs through Journey Forward, and to be able to support our efforts and help realize our goals with this event, is truly thrilling.”
All told, the event raised $49,165, a new record for the Journey Forward Vegas Night. The money is immediately going to good use, hiring and training two new specialists and an aid who will work directly out of the Canton headquarters. Cummings reports that this will help immediately with the 3 month waiting list that the organization currently holds.